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Kent brewery hailed as Brexit ‘export champion’ one EU customer left | Brexit

Kent Brewery selected for help Export Opportunity Champion for in government after Brexit showed that onerous customs checks and paperwork left it with just one remaining client in EU.

Old dairy brewery in Kent – department for International Trade Export Champion for southeast – appeared in a government video last year promoting the potential to increase Brexit export sales.

However, its export of bottled and keg ale Kent countries including Italy, Germany and Sweden fell sharply after the UK. left EU because of burdensome paperwork.

The brewery is currently just one EU client, Berlin pub operator who travels to England in a van to pick up beer. Meaning of Kent Brewery’s annual beer exports have fallen from £600,000 to £2,000.

Virginia Hodge, export manager at a brewery based in Tenterden said: “Some transport companies won’t accept alcohol now because of all transit documents need. I used to be able to do up happening of beer and send by courier [to the EU] and now I have to send it through full customs declaration. our clients in Europe says they want take British beer, but this just No cost effective. They have a lot to do more paperwork.”

She said the brewery one the remaining customer from the EU had faced several challenges. She said: “In first time it came over we were up tried all night to get him through customs at Dover and out of country.

“He’s stuck because of the documents. He came over for just one night but now it takes four days because of all problems”.

Hodge said small enterprises were not given enough support. She said: “There is no one to ask and no system”. She said the advisers on government Hotlines direct questions about exports problems to government website.

Exports of goods from the UK to the EU reached 16.9 billion pounds. in Let highest level from the beginning of the figures in 1997. True, these are small traders who especially fought with additional documents required for exports after Brexit.

Traffic jam in the port of Dover caused due to unnecessary bureaucracy at the border with France. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Old Dairy Brewery is now looking to increase its share in the EU. business once again by consolidating orders with Another small breweries. He is currently overseeing the export team, which he hopes will help increase trade in British beer.

Hodge said: “We hope that the export team will make us more attractive to overseas importers. We’re trying to get some beer at the moment. out for a trade show in Munich, but the paperwork is huge.”

She is added it was “ironic” that the brewery was chosen to promote potential post-Brexit opportunities, but she hoped the team help overcome bureaucratic challenges now participating in sales to EU customers.

Andrew Griffith, minister for exports, said: “We know business had to take matters into their own hands. with new rules post-Brexit. we help more businesses take over new opportunities, and our export strategy gives them tools They need”.

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